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12. Charlie Conerly

Before there was Eli Manning, a Quarterback from Ole Miss, the New York Giants had Charlie Conerly…a Quarterback from Ole Miss.

Conerly played his entire career with the Giants, but it was the Redskins who drafted him in with their 13th Round Pick in 1945. He never played for Washington, and it was not until 1948 when Conerly made his debut.  Conerly became one of the more productive QBs of the 1950s, finishing in the top five Passer Rating 10 times, leading the league in that stat in 1959.  That was the same season, where he was named the MVP by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.  

Conerly would help the Giants win the 1956 Championship, and he was a part of bringing them to the Title Game in 1958 and 1959. "Chucking" Charlie Conerly may not have stats that look impressive today, but his 19,488 Passing Yards and 173-167 TD-INT ratio was excellent for his time.  Conerly's number 42 was retired by the organization in 1962.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Acquired: Signed before the 1948 Season.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1961 Season.
  • Games Played: 161
  • Notable Statistics:

    105 Games Started
    1,418 Pass Completions
    2,833 Pass Attempts
    50.1 Pass Completion Percentage
    19,488 Passing Yards
    173 Passing Touchdowns
    167 Interceptions
    68.2 Passer Rating
    270 Rushing Attempts
    685 Rushing Yards
    10 Rushing Touchdowns
    4 Extra Point Attempts
    4 Extra Points Made
    130 Punts
    5,062 Punting Yards
    4 Kick Returns
    72 Kick Return Yards
    6 Approximate Value*

    *Approximate Value was not a stat until 1960.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    NFL Champion(1956)
    NEA MVP (1959)
    Second Team All-Pro (1959)
    Pro Bowl (1950 & 1956)
    Highest Passer Rating (1959)
    Most Yards per Pass Completion (1959)

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